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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2005

    Secret Shadows

    Dane White Eagle has worked hard to protect his people and the community at large by becoming a FBI agent. Unknown to anyone close to him, including his family, he is working on a case to find a drug dealer who is supplying bad Ecstasy that¿s giving people more than a great high. People are winding up dead. Dane must maintain his cover for this operation even when his seriously ill sister is shot and killed. Maintaining his cover means making sure everyone, including his own mother believes that he is guilty of his sister¿s death. On orders from the FBI, he must grieve for his beloved sister in the federal penitentiary so he can befriend an inmate that is running the drug ring from inside the prison walls. Dane vows to find his sister¿s killer after the drug ring is closed down. However, his life takes many twists and turns along the way. When he falls in love with Dr. Claire Colby, he must keep his identity a secret from her until the drug case is solved. Judie Aitken is an expert in Native American lore and tradition. Characters and scenes are painted in vivid colors. Beautiful imagery flows throughout this book and is contrasted to the ragged, not so pretty brush strokes of present day life on the Reservation. You will come away from this book a little more knowledgeable, a little more aware of what it means to be a Native American now and in the past. Along with a great suspense story full of twists and turns, this is also a heartwarming story of love, faith and the meaning of family. Somehow, Judie Aitken has managed to incorporate all of this in one not to be missed book. Make room on your keeper shelf for Secret Shadows. Reviewer: Nancy E. Gibson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    A Fabulous Read!

    Secret Shadows will be firmly ensconced on my 'keeper' shelf. With great characters, a quick moving plot and a romance that is everything a romance should be, Ms. Aitken has definitely given us another wonderful book. She is a master at putting the subtle nuances of the Native American culture and traditions in her books and Secret Shadows provides an insight into the 2 worlds, the white and the red, that the Indian people straddle every day in their lives. Dane White Eagle is a wonderful hero and Claire Colby is his true match. Clement is the touchstone of Dane's life, a traditional Lakota who follows the old ways and Dane's mother Connie is a woman torn apart by unbearable tragedies and deals with them in the only way she knows how. If you haven't read any of Ms. Aitken's books, you're missing a marvelous experience. She's a true story teller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2004

    Secret Shadows

    The brutal murder of his baby sister, Kylee, puts undercover FBI agent Dane White Eagle in a unique and dangerous position. He is trying to infiltrate the Big Elk gang, which manufactures a dealy form of Ecstasy. The FBI hopes that by pinning Kylee's murder on Dane, he can get into prison, and more importantly, next to Bobby Big Elk. Dr. Claire Colby ends up involved with Dane. It was Claire who treated Kylee's gunshot wound and who testified at Dane's trial. She is shocked when months later, Dane's murder conviction is overturned and he goes home to the reservation where Claire now works. The evidence points to Dane being a scoundrel, but she can't help feeling there is more to him than meets the eye. Both Dane and Claire appear to be experiencing the same strange dream, but what does it mean? Can they figure it out before danger boils over? The culture and beliefs of the Lakota people play a significant and influential role in Aitken's mesmerizing novel. Having to keep so many secrets from those he loves places a great burden on Dane. Choices made and justice sough make this extremely powerful reading. Jill M. Smith - reviewer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2004

    gripping drama interlaced with growing attraction

    Dane White Eagle is a good man. He is a good son and every girl's dream of an older brother. How is it then that he finds himself on trial for his sister's murder? Dr. Claire Colby is a good physician, dedicated to saving, preserving and improving the quality of lives. How is it that she finds her self ready to convict a young man to life in prison, perhaps death? Based on the evidence he is guilty of his sister's death. And yet.....Judie Aitken takes us to an Indian Reservation and into the lives of its Native American residents in her newest novel, Secret Shadows. Ms Aitken uses her skills to lead us into the story and the daily challenges of reservation life while never losing touch with the strong personalities of her characters. The plot is wholly believable based upon the characters involvement with each other and their intertwining lives. An enduring story with many intriguing twists and developments, delightful characters and a growing attraction that can't be denied. One you will want to reread many times.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Exhilarating Native American police procedural romance

    Dane White Eagle works undercover for the FBI at the Cold Creek Lakota Reservation in South Dakota trying to find the lab where the Big Elk gang makes dangerous Ecstasy to sell to tribe members. Dane takes his dying thirteen year old sister Kylee to a party in Rapid City, but stops at his home. When he returns he finds Kylee shot with his revolver in her good hand. He quickly takes her to the nearby Pennington General ER where Dr. Claire Colby pronounces Kylee dead................................... Dane¿s FBI partners arrange for him to be convicted of his sister¿s murder. In prison he befriends Big Elk before being released on a technicality. Big Elk¿s brother Leland adds Dane to the team at the same time Claire joins the Red Star Clinic on the Cold creek reservation. As she and Dane meet outside a medical facility, they fall in love, which places her in danger from the Big Elk gang even as Dane nears achieving his personal objective of finding his sister¿s killer................................... This exhilarating Native American police procedural romance is action packed starring two caring protagonists, especially Dane. His courage is unbelievable not because of risking his life, which he does, but because he knows how much he has hurt his mother yet knows his sacrifice is the right thing. The motive for killing Kylee seems ridiculous even though life is cheap to the culprit. Adding to the fine tale is strong support characters to include the two fed partners, Kylee¿s dog, Claire¿s medical friend, Dane¿s sis, mom and surrogate grandfather, and the comparison between the two gang brothers. Together the cast makes for a strong tale.................................. Harriet Klausner

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